“What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.” Zig Ziglar
I am so feeling this quote as it fell into my lap while on this trip. To some degree when we travel, to a specific destination it changes us. Is it the journey and not the destination or is it both that changes us and what kinds of changes do we see happening? Over the next couple of months I will be pondering over these questions within myself and observing and talking with others I meet over these questions.
In Part 1, I had described the first part of my traveling adventures through Louisville KY, NYC by bus and train then flying through the air and boats to reach Koh Yao Noi Island in Southern Thailand.
I have been in Thailand for a week now mostly on Koh Yao Noi island. Koh Yao Noi island is a quiet relaxing tropical island with beautiful bays, beaches and ocean views of other islands/mountains raising from the calm warm waters. Koh Yao Noi is a perfect getaway for the relaxing adventure types who like an authentic native Thailand feel. The local people are friendly, welcoming, smiling and very helpful. The island nature is pristine with not much development, roads or highways. The main transportation method is motorbike, pedal bikes or open air taxi/pickup truck or boat. Cars are not used on the island. The island feels very safe, everyone leaves the keys of their motorbikes in the ignition and there are no thoughts of anyone taking it, or any valuables. The economy on the island is based on tourism, rubber making, fishing and farming. Accommodations on the island for visitors are in resorts, or bungalows which often has a Thai restaurant on site.
People who are seeking adventure, personal growth, transformation, healing on many levels with the support of a friendly community on the island really needs to go to Island Yoga, you will love it even if you never had done yoga before.
Island Yoga offers personal growth retreats with accommodations in bungalows, meals on their onsite Thai Restaurant Ulmers Nature Lodge, yoga classes, meditation, energy healing, sound healing, thai massage, rock climbing, kayaking, birdwatching, cooking classes, mountain biking, laundry services, free wifi internet. Island yoga attracts yogis and people who have never tried yoga before from all over the world. Island Yoga and Koh Yao Noi island is a tropical paradise escape where partying is not the main focus of escapism. It’s where one can find peace of mind and connection to yourself and the earth. Where one can transform their lives with the things that are learned in the fabulous yoga retreats and workshops, concur there fears with the islands eco-adventures that will transform you from the inside out.
I took a trip to Ko Phangan for a couple of days. It took about 10hrs to get to Ko Phangan from Koh Yao Noi on a boat to Thalene Pier near Krabi, open air taxi pickup truck to bus station, 3.5 hr bus ride to Sarat-Thani, another bus to pier got on a huge Ferry for 3 hrs and then arrived in Ko Phangan on time for accommodations to be filled for the full moon party. Met Chow who took me around on her moter-bike to find a place to spend the night before meeting up with friends the next day on different part of the island. Spent a couple days in Sratinu area of the Island of Ko Phangan which is a nice town with several resorts, bungalows, shops restaurants and Agama Yoga School. I stayed at Seaview Rainbow Bungalows which was beautifully landscaped, and right on the beach, nice restaurant but was louder party atmosphere compared to Koh Yao Noi. I spent a couple of days in Sratinu got tai massage on the beach, ate some great tai food and fruits then headed off the island towards Koh Yao Noi island and booked with the many travel agents in Thailand. A package deal of taxi, boat and bus to Krabi. From Krabi i went to Ao Nang Beach area and spent the night on the strip of tourist shopping and eating, even a Starbucks, and MacDonalds which are really not in the islands or parts of Thailand i have seen so far, however there seems to be a 7-11 convenient store in every town even on the islands.
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Part three will go into the transformations i have made on this journey and its destinations and its activities.